1 Year of NS

Since I’ll probably be too “busy” hikkikomori-ing around during the final days of the year, I’ll write this down first.

September 2008, I was just an enlistee to Singapore’s National Service. Like most people, I been through BMT in Tekong, 13weeks of it since I was a PTP batch, and I think I had been quite lucky to have had nice sergeants and commanders during that period. Living in communal environment wasn’t as bad as it sounded, and the training though harsh; we were also given plenty of rest to recover.

After the 24km through the night, along with 3 other companies, I Passed Out from Tekong in December 08, where I enjoyed my block off period before posting to the Signals Formation, which was truely a blessing. There, I met many nice people (though also a few not so nice ones), and enjoyed like minded hobbies as well.

Driving course wasn’t so fun, being shouted at by the instructors most of the day, and the requirement to memorize traffic rules and be proficient with them in a week or 2 put trememdous stress on me. But in the end thanks to the incessant scoldings I managed to pass the military driving assessments, “graduating” from the less than comfortable lodging at the Driving School back to my unit, where I was to be based there for the rest of my NS.

In my unit, there were few distinction between specialists and man; we all did the same work. Many a kind soul helped me along the way, and slowly I earned my rank of CPL. I became more proficient in my job scope, and learnt to accept that some people are more garang or chao keng than others.

Although NS is a state obligation, with its associated risk and stuff, I am still glad that I had been to NS. Through NS, I met many kinds of people that I wouldn’t had met and also learnt how to work and communicate better. If given the choice, I will probably still choose to go to NS.

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